SARATOGA SPRINGS — Zac Zwijacz, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, has been swimming his entire life, joining his first team at the YMCA when he was 5 years old, and he’s been with the Schenectady-Saratoga Sharks ever since. Currently, he is a co-captain on the Blue Streaks varsity swim team, and he just won sectionals and is heading to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships March 3 and 4 on Long Island. Blue Streaks…
by Thomas Kika SARATOGA COUNTY — Ice fishing conditions on Saratoga Lake and Round Lake are on the decline with recent ice thaws, though they remain mostly safe for anyone remaining on foot. According to Tim Blodgett, owner of Saratoga Tackle and Archery in Schuylerville, overall conditions in the 2016-2017 season were an improvement over last season, even as things began to warm up in the second week of January. Blodgett estimates that about eight inches of ice remain on…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Ripchik, president of the Saratoga Winter Club (SWC), could not be more proud of the achievements of the club’s speedskaters this year, who’ve just returned from two weekends of speedskating in Lake Placid. “The club dominated the Empire State Games, winning a bucket full of medals,” said Ripchik. And the weekend of February 11, the club sent 16 athletes to compete in the U.S. Speedskating Long Track Age Group National Championships. “We crowned 7 national champions…
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The figure skating events at the 2017 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid were held over three days, beginning February 3, with more than 600 figure skaters competing. Those placing in the top three of their events are invited to compete at the National State Games of America to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August. According to figure skating coach Amada Shelburne, with the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club, it was the largest contingent…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks seized their 16th consecutive win at the Section 2 Gymnastics meet held at Shaker High School in Latham on Wednesday, February 8. Julia Van Horne, 17, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, won her fourth consecutive all around title – a section record – competing in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor. In all, 8 SSHS gymnasts are heading to the State Championships at Cold Harbor Springs on Long…
SARATOGA COUNTY — Fresh off of the Division 1 wrestling championships, six area wrestlers will be heading to the state championships to be held at the Times Union Center in Albany on February 24 and 25. As a team, Ballston Spa came in fourth, followed by Burnt Hills and Saratoga Springs. One local standout was Junior Tyler Barnes of Ballston Spa High School. He entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed with a 39-3 record, and pinned his way…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boxers donned their gloves on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Holiday Inn in memory of their late coach and mentor, Jack Nichols. In attendance at the meet, which hosted 10 bouts (matches), were boxers from the Saratoga, Schenectady, Catskill and Hudson areas. The room in which the fights took place was crowded with over 200 people in the audience. Money from ticket sales went to the Saratoga Youth Boxing Association. Ranging in ages from 15 to 23,…
On January 26, the Louisiana Tech basketball team had to finish its game against the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) with four players after a fight broke out late in the second half. The fight started when UAB’s Hakeem Baxter threw a punch at Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins. After the benches cleared, there were mass ejections for both teams leaving only 10 total players. UAB won the game 79-70. In 1967, when I played for the New Mexico Highlands University…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The International Shooter Federation (IFC), hosted its second “Saratoga Frees and Threes” event Sunday, Jan. 30, where shooters battled it out for a $20,000 purse. The event host and organizer Dan Britten of TopNetRealty said this is just one of many skill shooting competitions he hopes to bring to the area. The event brought in more than fifty participants and their families to the Saratoga Springs Rec Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Athletes wanted to see how…
NEW YORK, NY. — As anticipation grows for the inaugural Equestricon, event organizers today released a promotional video on www.equestricon.com previewing the historic event. Industry leaders, personalities and a wide-range of racing organizations are expected to participate in Equestricon™ — the first-ever international horse racing convention, fan festival and trade show from August 13-15 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The promotional video features several familiar faces, including Hall of Fame riders John Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez (an Equestricon™ Board…
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